SuperHeavy

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This article is about the band. For the band's self-titled album, see SuperHeavy (album).
SuperHeavy
Origin Los Angeles, California
Genres Rock, reggae, Indian pop, electronic, soul
Years active 2011
Labels Universal Music Group
Associated acts Eurythmics, The Rolling Stones
Website superheavy.com
Members Mick Jagger
Joss Stone
A. R. Rahman
Dave Stewart
Damian Marley

SuperHeavy were a short-lived supergroup consisting of Mick Jagger, Joss Stone, Dave Stewart, A. R. Rahman, and Damian Marley. Stone and Stewart have collaborated in the past with Jagger. Jagger said of the band, "We wanted a convergence of different musical styles... We were always overlapping styles, but they were nevertheless separate".[1] Jagger wanted SuperHeavy to showcase different musical styles, with music ranging from reggae to ballads to Indian music.[2]

History[edit]

Early years[edit]

The existence of SuperHeavy was secret until May 2011.[3] Mick Jagger, English musician and the lead vocalist of rock band The Rolling Stones, announced its formation on 20 May 2011.[4] SuperHeavy was Dave Stewart's idea.[4] Inspired by the sounds washing into his home in St Ann's Bay, Jamaica, Stewart urged Jagger to fuse their sound with that of Indian orchestras.[5] Stewart and Jagger had mutual liking for Indian orchestrations; thus, A. R. Rahman was added to the supergroup.[6] The name of the band is said to be inspired by Muhammad Ali.[7]

Views[edit]

Many Rolling Stones fans didn't quite know how to feel about SuperHeavy. Most felt that the group was overkill, and even offensive towards Mick Jagger fans. Many saw SuperHeavy as nothing but a money machine. However, some may disagree.

In early 2009, Jagger, Rahman, Stewart, Joss Stone and Damian Marley experimented at Jim Henson Studios in Los Angeles, trying to "write songs which had meaning",[8] during which they recorded 29 songs in 10 days.[9]

SuperHeavy is rounded out by Marley's rhythm section of bassist/composer Shiah Coore and drummer Courtney Diedrick along with a longtime Stewart collaborator, rock violinist Ann Marie Calhoun.[10]

Debut album[edit]

Main article: SuperHeavy (album)

The group began recording their self-titled debut album in early 2009 at a studio in Los Angeles. They recorded about 35 hours of music, with some songs originally lasting "an hour and 10 minutes" before they were whittled down.[11] The album was previewed at Jim Henson Studios, Los Angeles, on 30 June 2011. The band played eight of the recorded songs at the event.[12] Their debut single, "Miracle Worker", released on 6 July 2011 received mostly positive reviews.[13][14] Mick Jagger sings in Sanskrit on "Satyameva Jayathe" ("truth alone triumphs"), the second single, released on 9 August 2011. Composed by Rahman, the song also features Stewart, Stone and Marley.[15]

Band members[edit]

Discography[edit]

Album[edit]

Album Title Album details Peak chart positions
AUT
[16]
BEL (VL)
[17]
DNK
[18]
NL
[19]
NOR
[20]
NZ
[21]
SWE
[22]
SWI
[23]
UK US
SuperHeavy 1 14 9 1 17 12 31 2 13 26

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
AUT
[16]
BEL (VL)
[17]
NL
[19]
SWI
[23]
UK
[24]
2011 "Miracle Worker" 37 78 25 63 136 SuperHeavy
"Satyameva Jayathe"

Other charted songs[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
NL
[19]
2011 "Beautiful People" 64 SuperHeavy

References[edit]

  1. ^ Greene, Andy (20 May 2011). "Mick Jagger Forms Supergroup with Dave Stewart, Joss Stone and Damian Marley". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 22 May 2011. 
  2. ^ Rolling Stone Mick Jagger sang in Sanskrit, BBC, 10 August 2011, retrieved 11 August 2011 
  3. ^ Mick Jagger Has Formed A Secret Supergroup!, perezhilton.com, 24 May 2011, retrieved 10 August 2011 
  4. ^ a b "Mick Jagger Forms Supergroup with Dave Stewart, Joss Stone and Damian Marley". Rolling Stone. 20 May 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Mick Jagger forms new band Super Heavy", Guardian, 23 May 2011, retrieved 10 August 2011 
  6. ^ "Rahman jams with Mick for Super Heavy Band", IBN (CNN-IBN), 24 May 2011, retrieved 10 August 2011 
  7. ^ "SuperHeavy has a strong Indian influence'". MiD DAY. 25 September 2011. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "A R Rahman jams with Mick Jagger". Hindustan Times. HT Media. 2 July 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 
  9. ^ Mick Jagger's New Group SuperHeavy Unveils Music, billboard.biz, 1 July 2011, retrieved 10 August 2011 
  10. ^ "SuperHeavy gets off to a strong start". MSN. 7 August 2011. Retrieved 26 August 2011. 
  11. ^ Todd, Ben (6 July 2011), "So who's the star of your new band SuperHeavy, Sir Mick?", Daily Mail, retrieved 8 July 2011 
  12. ^ Baltin, Steve (1 July 2011). "Mick Jagger and SuperHeavy Preview Album, Ponder Tour in Los Angeles". Spinner.com. Retrieved 3 July 2011. 
  13. ^ Super Heavy: 'Miracle Worker', prefixmag.com, 8 July 2011, retrieved 10 August 2011 
  14. ^ SUPERHEAVY, ‘MIRACLE WORKER’ – SONG REVIEW, ultimateclassicrock.com, 7 July 2011, retrieved 10 August 2011 
  15. ^ Rolling Stone Mick Jagger jaggs in Sanskrit, BBC, 10 August 2011, retrieved 11 August 2011 
  16. ^ a b "Austrian Charts > Rumer". australian-charts.com/. 
  17. ^ a b "Belgium Charts > Rumer". http://www.ultratop.be. 
  18. ^ "Danish Charts > Rumer". http://danishcharts.com/. 
  19. ^ a b c "Dutch Charts > Rumer". dutchcharts.nl/. 
  20. ^ "Norwegian Charts > Rumer". norwegiancharts.com/. 
  21. ^ "New Zealand Charts > Rumer". norwegiancharts.com/. 
  22. ^ "Swedish Charts > Rumer". swedishcharts.com/. 
  23. ^ a b "Swiss Charts > Rumer". hitparade.ch/. 
  24. ^ Peak positions for singles in the UK:

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